Surface Pro 2, Windows 10 upgrade

July 29th is here and at about 11am my time, I received a notice saying that my Windows 10 copy was ready to install.   Not having my power cable with me but a full charge, I decided to chance it and upgrade.   The system rebooted and I came to a screen where it said, “Upgrading Windows, Your PC will restart several times. Sit back and relax”


It was a little hard to relax because my fan started going crazy and since I didn’t have my power cable, was hoping that I didn’t run out of juice.

3 phases in the upgrade

The upgrade consists of 1. Copying files 2. Installing features and drivers and 3: Configuring settings.  My system has rebooted 3 times so far and I anticipate a couple of more before.

I was wrong…

(11:30 am MST) – After configuring settings, I get a “Hi there, welcome back!” message that looks like it will walk me through some final steps.  The user that it created for me is different than what I had with Windows 8.1.

(11:32 am MST) – I come to a page asking for express settings or customize.  Of course I’m going to choose customize because you can never trust express, right?  Good thing too because the custom settings, I’m able to turn off sending data to MS for typing and inking and advertising.  There is also a location button you might want to turn off.  Probably like the location services on the Mac products.  I’m going to leave it on.

(11:35 am MST) – Another page for browser settings and connectivity.  I turned off the automatic connect to open hotspots, automatically connect to network shares by your contacts and send errors and information to MS.  Call me paranoid but doesn’t that seem like two big security risks, especially connecting to a share that could have something infected on it.

(11:38 am MST) – There is an option for me to choose my default apps, like Edge, photos, etc..   I chose all three to see how they work but will most likely use Edge and that’s it.  Once I chose the apps, it went into finalizing settings mode and then I came to the login for my unit.   Once I login it gives me it’s setting things up and it won’t take long message.   A little bit different than the setting up your profile for the first time message in past operating systems.

(11:42 am MST) – Took 4 minutes to get me to my desktop but I’m in.   Fan is going crazy again.  So my first gripe is that my tiles are not how I had them before.  When I click on the start menu, the tiles show up and are back to the default.   That kind of sucks.

(11:46 am MST) – Microsoft Edge is pretty nice so far.  Went to this website to make sure it rendered correctly and it did.   It has a Chrome like simplicity to it and it is faster.   More to come on Microsoft Edge.

I have to say, I’m pretty impressed on how fast the upgrade was and how little battery it used.  What has been your experiences with the upgrade?  Next week, I’ll be upgrading an older IBM Thinkcentre.  We’ll see if it goes as smooth.

Side note:  What’s funny is that I was just getting used to Windows 8.1 and now I’m finding myself struggling a little to find everything.   The learning curve won’t be too big for this one.

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